Commitment, dedication, resilience and drive come from within. We need these elements to make change happen and for it to continue to happen. To do this we need to rewire old habits and behaviours.

What action can you take to bring about change in your life?

Instigating change and building it into your lifestyle routine can be challenging. Concrete changes are more tangible and therefore easier to initiate. They can give a sense of achievement just by incorporating them into your daily routine.

To make changes to your life you need to make modifications while staying mindful to what you continue to expose yourself to. It is about gradually introducing new things that will help meet your overall needs.

8 TIPS TO ACTIVELY MAKE CHANGE HAPPEN

1. Build a Structured Routine
Having structure in your life is a key element in forming a solid foundation on which to live. It comes in various formats including future planning, self-control, organisation and routine.
How to…
• Using a diary/calendar,
• Writing a journal,
• Note taking,
• List making,
• Excel spreadsheets,
• Goal setting etc.

2. Change your Scenery
Changing the environment you are in can help bring about a new perspective. Physically changing what you see can ultimately change your mood and experience. Even moving things around on our desk or in your bedroom can help revive stagnant routines and thinking patterns.
How to…
• Change office space, work from home, work in different places (or if not able to, change desk objects);
• Changing where you take your lunch breaks
• Your normal coffee shop
• Places you go on holiday
• Places you go for dinner
• How you get to work

3. Move Your Body
Physically moving your body provides not only physiological benefits but constructively impacts on mentally feeling stuck. The actual process of Doing provides your mind with a sense of purpose stimulating ideas and building motivation.
How to…
• Go for a walk, jog or run
• Go to the gym
• Walk instead of taking the car
• Walk up the escalators rather than taking the stairs
• Take the stairs rather than taking the lift
• Walk instead of getting a taxi

4. Declutter
Organising your life to help your state of mind. De-cluttering can bring a sense of achievement, calmness and stability and provides a structured place to think.
How to…
• Start with the area you spend most time in, office, bedroom, car etc.
• Take a section at a time and stay focused i.e. books, wardrobe etc.
• Start with less sentimental things,
• Don’t give up and keep it tidy

5. Feed Yourself with Nourishing Foods
It is becoming more and more apparent that the food we eat affects both mind and body and is an essential element of living a happy and healthy life. It impacts on hormone production, chemical reactions, energy and endurance levels and psychological and emotional health.
How to…
• Eat fresh and wholefoods as much as you can,
• Avoid processed food,
• Eat salad and vegetables everyday (at Lunch and Dinner),
• Have fruit and nuts for snacks,
• Eat wild fish when you can,
• Eat organic food when you can,
• Ensure you have good portion of protein throughout the day (especially when training),
• Eat refined carbohydrates (especially after training – limit in take on less active days but do not cut out completely)

6. Develop Your Mind
Learn something new, invest in the development of your mind and find out what stimulates your thinking.
How to…
• Read,
• Take a course,
• Debate with friends,
• Watch documentaries,
• Travel,
• Go to a museum,
• Go to a seminar,
• Play trivial pursuit, scrabble and games which require using your brain,
• Write a journal

7. Take Financial Control
We all have different priorities about what we spend our money on. Maybe we don’t even have the money to prioritise. Money requires a lot of self-control mainly because we often feel it is out of our control but it is not.
How to…
• Create a Money excel noting ALL money going out and in,
• Prioritise money spent first in what you Need then in what you Want,
• Constantly refer to this list, adjust, prioritise and stick to your goals,
• Remove temptation (cut up credit cards, avoid shops etc.),
• Research free things to do (days out, museums, walks, crafts etc.)
• Think of ways you can make money using your skills,
• If you really want something (not need) make a list, go away and think about it rather than buying it straight away

8. Ask for Help
Sometimes it can just get too much and even though you know that change is needed you just don’t know where to start. Getting the help we need is often resisted against either because how it is viewed or because of what it entails. Whatever it is, relevant professional support can get you to the next step, and maybe that step is all you need.
How to…
• Research professionals in your area
• Google “Tips” and “Advice” for the area you seek help in
• Ask friends for their advice and find out how they manage things
• Look into Apps (particularly in ways to help organise and keep track of habits/routines etc.)

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